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Aircraft and Submarines
{thumb} Vickers Vimy Giza -- 2005.12.27
In the antique light of a desert dawn, a replica Vickers Vimy biplane circles the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. In 1919 another Vimy buzzed above the sands here, attempting the longest, riskiest flight in history.[=] Credits: Photo by James L. Stanfield, 1994. Copyright: National Geographic Society, 2005.
{thumb} Vimy over Taj Mahal -- 2006.01.21
Luminous from the air, the Taj Mahal gleams at sunrise on the bank of India's Yamuna River as the Vickers Vimy biplane replica flies by.[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2001.12.11. Photo by James L. Stanfield, 1994. Copyright National Geographic Society, 2001.
{thumb} Vickers Vimy Closeup -- 2005.12.27
In 1919 a Vickers Vimy biplane won the Great London-to-Australia Air Derby. Seventy-five years later pilots matched the feat in this Vimy replica, seen over Sydney, New South Wales.[=] Credits: Photo by James L. Stanfield, 1994. Copyright: National Geographic Society, 2005.
{thumb} Biplane over Keys -- 2006.01.18
From the seat of a biplane 1000 ft (305 m) above the Florida Keys, the sea seems a boundless place, tranquil but for the froth of breakers on coral reefs and the hues of mingling currents.[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2002.11.19. Photo by David Doubilet, 1997. Copyright National Geographic Society, 2002.
{thumb} Amelia Earhart -- 2006.01.23
Retracing Amelia's 1937 globe-circling route on World Flight 97, pilot Linda Finch and her navigator glimpsed the rarefied loveliness for which Amelia paid so dearly.[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2001.08.01. Photo by Sarah Leen, 1998. Copyright National Geographic Society, 2001.
{thumb} Mustangs -- 2006.01.11
About 200 P-51 Mustangs are still flying, 60 years after the end of World War II, where they saw great service. Flying one costs about $800/hr, plus maintenance and hanger expenses.[=] Credits: Photo source unknown.
{thumb} A10 -- 2006.03.04
The A-10 "Warthog" is the U.S. military's most formidable close ground-support attack weapons system.[=] Credits: Desktopia wallpapers.
{thumb} RAF Jaguar -- 2005.12.28
An Anglo-French close air support and battlefield interdiction weapon system built by Dassault/BAe, the Jaguar is fast and heavily armed.[=] Credits: Photo source unknown.
{thumb} F18 Carrier Landing -- 2006.01.11
Even experienced pilots are terrified by carrier landings, which are at or near the top of the list for danger to the pilot and to the carrier's landing crew. It's worse in bad weather and worse yet at night.[=] Credits: Photo source unknown, from Desktopia.
{thumb} Tu144 -- 2006.01.11
The Russian Tupelov-144 was one of only two first-generation supersonic transports or SSTs (the other being the Anglo-French Concorde) to go into actual production and commercial service.[=] Credits: Photo source unknown, from Desktopia.
{thumb} XB70 -- 2006.02.28
A replacement for B52 bombers, designed for high altitude and speed in the Mach 3-6 range. Two prototypes were built before budget cuts killed the program.[=] Credits: NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, 1965.
{thumb} SR71 -- 2003.09.21
The SR-71, built for stealth, altitude and speed, is the fastest jet-powered aircraft ever built, capable of flying from Los Angeles to Washington in just over 90 minutes.[=] Credits: NASA Dryden.
{thumb} SR71 Headon -- 2005.12.31
A head-on view of an SR-71B on the ramp at Palmdale, CA.[=] Credits: Photo by Jim Bean, 1991.07.24. NASA DFRC Photo Collection.
{thumb} F35A -- 2006.01.11
The F-35 joint strike fighter is the winning design for an affordable aircraft to meet the needs of the US Air Force, Navy and Marines, and the Royal Air Force: stealthy, supersonic and capable of vertical landing and takeoff. Concept demonstrator in flight.[=] Credits: Copyright Lockheed-Martin Aeronautics Co., 2003.
{thumb} X43A -- 2003.11.07
The X-43A is part of NASA's Hyper-X program to develop hypersonic technology for aircraft and reusable space launch vehicles. Its engine is a hydrogen-fueled, air-breathing Mach 7 scramjet (supersonic combustion ramjet).[=] Credits: NASA Dryden Flight Research Center photo, 1999. Artist concept in flight.
{thumb} Altair -- 2005.12.31
General Atomics' remotely-operated Altair soars over Rogers Dry Lake at Edwards AFB.[=] Credits: Photo by Carla Thomas. NASA DFRC Photo Collection, 2005.11.16.
{thumb} Helios -- 2005.12.25
NASA's solar-powered Helios aircraft at 10,000 ft over Hawaii, traveling at about 25 miles per hour. Powered by 14 electric motors, the prototype aircraft ultimately reached an altitude just under 100,000 ft.[=] Credits: APOD archive, 2003.12.20. Photo Credit: Carla Thomas, courtesy DFRC, NASA.
{thumb} Sonic Boom -- 2002.11.23
Many people have heard a sonic boom, but few have seen one. As a plane accelerates to just break the sound barrier, an unusual cloud might form. The origin of this cloud is still debated. An F/A-18 Hornet was photographed just as it broke the sound barrier.[=] Credits: APOD archive, 2001.02.21. Ensign John Gay, USS Constellation, US Navy.
{thumb} Bailout -- 2006.01.11
An Air Force Thunderbirds F-16 about to crash during an airshow at Mountain Home AFB in Idaho, Sep. 14, 2003. The pilot ejected with a only 0.8 seconds to spare.[=] Credits: This photo appears to have been taken from the airfield control tower.
{thumb} Hotair Balloon -- 2006.02.15
No information on where this is, but the contrast is impressive.[=] Credits: Photo by franco49, 2006.02.13. Copyright Hebus.Com, 2006.
{thumb} Gato -- 2006.01.11
A World War II U.S. Gato-class submarine making a torpedo attack.[=] Credits: Original image from a $3.20 U.S. postage stamp from a booklet of submarine-related commemoratives by stamp illustrator Jim Griffiths. Adaptation by Jess Anderson.
{thumb} Chicago -- 2006.01.11
The fast-attack submarine SSN-761, USS Chicago, submerging, photographed from above. The small wake is from communications pylons, snorkel, etc., which are withdrawn into the sail when the boat is fully submerged. Underwater bubbles show that the ballast tanks are still venting.[=] Credits: U.S. Navy photo.
{thumb} Maryland -- 2006.01.11
A dramatic sunset view of the ballistic missile submarine SSBN-768, the USS Maryland, cruising on the surface (usually seen only when the boat is leaving or returning to port).[=] Credits: U.S. Navy photo.
{thumb} Seawolf -- 2006.01.11
Artist rendition of USS Seawolf, SSN774/021, making a torpedo attack.[=] Credits: The artwork, part of the initial public information about Seawolf, was sent to me by the artist, but I've since lost his name.
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